by Danella Crews, Jekyll Island Authority
Providing non-invasive access to natural areas is a key component of the Jekyll Island Authority mission. The Wildlife Viewing Platform is a two-story structure built to provide the public with an extended view of the expansive salt marsh adjacent to Jekyll Island. By providing a better view of the wildlife that lives in the marshland, the Platform will bolster an appreciation for this rich habitat. Among the many wading and shore birds that guests can view from this spot are the beautiful American Oystercatchers, herons, egrets, white pelicans, and winter ducks including Black Scoters and Greater and Lesser Scaup.
The Wildlife Viewing Platform, located at St. Andrews Picnic Area is the second of its kind built on Jekyll Island. The first opened in November 2008 and is located near the Jekyll Island Visitor Information Center. The Jekyll Island Authority Board is hosting the ribbon cutting to officially open the Wildlife Viewing Platform and thank the individuals, agencies, and businesses that provided monetary support and in-kind donations toward its construction.